In early October we were lucky enough to participate in the 2016 Orcas Island Farm Tour. The garden looked much different at this time of the year, than it had during the Annual Orcas Garden Tour. This time around, friends of the garden saw beds full of beets, squash, kale, medicinal herbs, tomatoes, potato leaves, onion and leek starts, and the last of the summer flowers. Oh, and of course, there was plenty of student art for all to enjoy. A collage of apple prints and a basket of local apples sat at the entrance to the garden. Watercolor postcards hung from the gates. Handmade felt letters reading, "Farm to Classroom," alongside paper mache bugs hung from the ceiling of the greenhouse.
Like all farms on the tour, we were asked to host a workshop or activity for visitors. Can you guess what we chose? Yup, a garden-based art project! We played with flowers and the sun to create Botanical Cyanotypes. Cyanotypes is the oldest historic photographic printing process. Visitors were encouraged to find their favorite plant, leaf, and/or flower in the garden, arrange it on the gray coated paper, and let it sit in the sun for 10 minutes. They were then instructed torinse the paper in water until a silhouette of the flora appeared on a deep blue backdrop. All the prints turned out beautiful! It was a fun way for our garden friends to take a piece of the garden home with them.
Thank you Orcas Farm Tour for selecting our school garden to participate in the annual tour!